For all those weeks without rain, it seemed Friday that Mother Nature may be making up for the recent dry weather. Heavy rains came down throughout the Bay Area, and it is keeping Pleasanton's Public Works crew busy.
Director of Public Works Rob Wilson said the day started off with a lot of broken tree limbs and localized flooding. Even around 2:30 in the afternoon, strong winds have caused leaves and limbs to clutter the city. Public Works set up five emergency response teams throughout the city to deal with the non-stop rain.
The biggest problem they face is what they call localized flooding, which is when the catch basin overflow. Wilson even said that several manholes have popped out of place because the storm drains are full.
Weather.com shows an orange alert for urban and small stream flooding. It also shows the rains easing up over the weekend.
Wilson said he hopes that's true, because while they were able to keep on top of Friday's problems, Saturday and Sunday are not normal work days for the department. Together with the parks and recreation department, they will figure out how to handle the weekend's weather with a smaller staff.